First-Year Orientation FAQs

First-Year Orientation

What is Orientation?

Your transition to Castleton started with summer Registration. The process continues at Orientation. Our goal is to give you the information and skills you need to be successful, introduce you to friendly people and useful services, and welcome you to the Castleton community!

Do I have to go to Orientation?


What will happen at Orientation?

At Orientation you will meet with your First-Year Seminar instructor, SOS leaders, and classmates several times throughout the weekend. In addition, you will meet other campus leaders and resource people and attend your first Soundings event.

What about Soundings?

As a new student you are enrolled in a required course called Soundings: An Introduction to the Liberal Arts. During Orientation you will meet the Soundings instructors and learn about the fall Soundings offerings, then attend the first Soundings event.

Are SOS Leaders involved with Orientation?

Absolutely! You will be working closely with members of the Student Orientation Staff during Orientation. The job of your SOS is to answer your questions and help you feel ready for the start of the semester.

Will I have time to buy books and meet new people?

Possibly. There is limited free time, but plenty of time for fun built into Orientation. There are many opportunities to meet new people and begin new friendships.

What does the Orientation schedule look like?

Your tentative Orientation schedule will look like this: {Please note that all meals are included.}


8 am – 8:45 am Check In

9 am – 5 pm Required Orientation activities including e-Checkup, Wellness presentations, class photo, and class tree planting

5 pm – Dinner at President’s House

7pm – 11 pm Social Activities


8:15 am Castleton survey for those who did not take it during summer Registration

9 am – 12 pm – Green Campus Projects

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Intro to Soundings and first Soundings event

3:30 pm – 5 pm – FYS Group meeting

7 pm – 8:30 pm – Matriculation and Candlelighting ceremonies

9 pm – 11 pm Annual Cabaret brought to you by SOS and friends 


8 am Classes Begin!